Soil can be mechanically compacted by applying force with a roller, hoe or rammer. A roller looks like a drum aerator, minus the spikes. Pulling this weighted metal drum over the lawn crushes the soil. In a pinch, a heavily loaded wheelbarrow can do the same job.
How to Compact Clay Soil for Foundation?
Compacting clay soil is an important part of any foundation project. Without proper compaction, the soil beneath a foundation may settle or shift, causing damage to the foundation and any structures built atop it. Compacted clay soil is also essential for proper drainage, preventing water from pooling and causing further damage. Here are some tips on how to compact clay soil for your foundation project.
1. Measure the clay soil’s moisture content. Clay soil needs to be damp but not wet when compacting, so make sure to measure the moisture content with a tool like a soil moisture meter before beginning the compaction process.
2. Break up large clumps of clay soil. Use a shovel or a tiller to break up large clumps of clay soil. This will make it easier for the soil to be evenly compacted.
3. Add water as needed to reach the proper moisture content. If the soil is too dry, add water until it reaches the proper moisture content. Make sure not to add too much water, however, as this can lead to compaction problems.
4. Use a compactor to compact the clay soil. Use a heavy-duty compactor to compact the clay soil. This can be done in multiple